urn

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From Latin urna (vessel).

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urn (plural urns)

  1. a vase with a footed base
    • Bishop Wilkins
      A rustic, digging in the ground by Padua, found an urn, or earthen pot, in which there was another urn.
    • Dryden
      His scattered limbs with my dead body burn, / And once more join us in the pious urn.
  2. a metal vessel for serving tea or coffee
  3. a vessel for ashes or cremains of a deceased person
  4. (figuratively) Any place of burial; the grave.
    • Shakespeare
      Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, / Tombless, with no remembrance over them.
  5. (historical, Roman antiquity) A measure of capacity for liquids, containing about three gallons and a half, wine measure. It was half the amphora, and four times the congius.
  6. (botany) A hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca.

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